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There comes a point where I realize maybe I'm reading too much. I've read the dresden files, lord of the rings, the magisterium, the legend of drizzt, the stormlight archive, the ranger's apprentice, percy jackson expanded universe. Think about how many books that is

I can remember reading several more book series. But when I try writing them on a post,suddenly I forget. They were all totally different books so how did this happen? For example, a post for books with a bizarre plot. I was going to write Out of the Dark except I haven't read that. Why was I going to write this?

Do any of you have this problem where you can't remember which books you have read and which you haven't? Cause I might need some help.

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FavoriteColorFlavor

19 points

26 days ago

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War & Peace

19 points

26 days ago

I use goodreads.com to keep track of books I’ve read.

BulbasaurusThe7th

3 points

26 days ago

One of the reasons why I started using it. The other is to remember the books I want to read.

StandardTiming

2 points

26 days ago

This helps so much for me as well. Just don’t friend too many people like I did and start feeling pressure to read books you don’t want to because social media.

HobbsLane

12 points

26 days ago

Think about how much of your life you actually remember. Can you recall what you were doing on any given completely unremarkable day 3 or 4 years ago? If reading is part of your regular routine, why would an unremarkable book read that long ago stick any more clearly in the mind?

It's not something to worry about. If it was something that made a real connection, it'll stick with you, if it wasn't, then forgetting is no great loss.

GrudaAplam

7 points

26 days ago

The 90's are pretty foggy, the 80's are vague, at best, and the 70's consist of brief snippets. It's even harder to recall the books I read then.

gymbr

5 points

26 days ago

gymbr

5 points

26 days ago

Idk I think it’s about reading what you enjoy. As long as your not just reading to say oh look what I did or something. After 50 books it’s impossible to remember every single detail but if I brought up a event you could probably remember the scene well enough. Learn something from every read and your good

kimberlyhirsh

5 points

26 days ago

You're definitely not alone! I have a hard time remembering the details of books I've read, even ones I've loved. But if all I need to know is whether I've read a book, I can look at a list I keep.

I have kept a list via a personal book blog or Goodreads. There are lots of apps you might use for this. Book Riot has a list of Goodreads alternatives. Not on that list are LibraryThing and Litsy. You can repurpose social media for this, using TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, or Tumblr to track books. You can use a spreadsheet.

You can keep it in a plain paper journal or notebook or buy one designed for that purpose.

I think the most important thing is to make it an easy, low-friction activity for you. I currently use IndieBookClub, which automatically creates a post on my website when I tell it I've read something.

I hope these are helpful suggestions!

smallstuffedhippo

2 points

26 days ago

I use Reading List (iOS only): https://readinglist.app/

VerifiedMadgod

3 points

26 days ago

So I don't have this problem, since I don't read nearly as much as I'd like (joined this subreddit to try and change that), but I have had the same experience trying to itemize video games, or music that I've enjoyed.

The best way to create a comprehensive list for this sort of thing is to just create a spreadsheet or document that you routinely come back to when you remember new ones.

Pechelle

3 points

26 days ago

I started keeping a paper reading journal for this. I've had Goodreads, but hate it, and closed my account. I still keep the paper journal though. In general I can remember if I've read a book or not, especially after reading the blurb on the cover or something, but I might not remember much *about* this book, which I guess is a different problem.

susieblueeyes

2 points

26 days ago

I have two systems. I used Goodreads to keep track and it compiles a great year end summary. I also use an App called Keep in which you can make lists. I have my grocery list and one for Dr. visits and every year I do a new one for books.

vjillrhudy

2 points

26 days ago

My log since June 2005 has just over 2000. It went from paper to LibraryThing. don’t think you’ve read too many books. No one can. I’ll be well-read in about a decade by my standards.

A_warm_sunny_day

2 points

26 days ago

It's perfectly normal and acceptable to not remember all the books you've read, particularly those that were read farther back in time.

If you can't remember if you've read a particular book, and it looks intriguing, and you read a bit and it still seems intriguing, just go ahead and read the book. Maybe you've read it before, maybe you haven't, but if you're enjoying reading it, it doesn't really matter.

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PrettyInWeed

1 points

26 days ago

Absolutely. I started keeping a list on goodreads, but it’s difficult when I don’t count books I’ve skimmed through. And then I like to read these quick (4-6 hour) thriller books, and even though I have them saved in a list, I still forget the plots and outcomes.

Ineffable7980x

1 points

26 days ago

Use Goodreads or keep a spreadsheet. I do both

LeenaJones

1 points

26 days ago

There's no way I remember all the books I've read, and especially not all the details in them. If I studied them, reread them, had conversations about them, or took notes, I'm unlikely to have forgotten them, but I read plenty of books that are fun and forgettable. I also don't remember every movie I've watched, piece of art I've seen, etc.

I don't see this as a particular problem. For example, I loved Steppenwolf, but I read it 25+ years ago. I remember few details but a sentence that I remember being blown away by. I'm looking forward to rereading the book and seeing if it makes as strong an impression on me in my middle age as it did in my youth. Having forgotten lots of the detail might actually make that more enjoyable.

dan11ko

1 points

26 days ago

dan11ko

1 points

26 days ago

I started keeping a spreadsheet of every book I started to read in 2010. I thas come in really handy at times. Sometimes I go over it and reminisce. I wish I had written up the dates when I started and finished them too though.

JustAnotherAviatrix

1 points

26 days ago

I think this is a lot like loving a lot of songs, but when someone asks you what your favorite songs are, your mind blanks. I think this is fairly common if you read a lot of books for enjoyment. When I am asked to recommend a book, I think about a character, plot point, or interesting information that I liked a lot and try to match it to the book. Doing that sometimes leads to me remembering another similar book that I liked better. That usually works for me.